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According to the International Dairy Foods Association, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984 and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

So let’s celebrate the “fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population” by giving a couple local joints (and one ice cream powerhouse corporation) some well-deserved appreciation this Sunday.

Here are three local ice cream spots that are offering ice cream specials, new flavors, or that you should simply swing by for the sake of a grabbing a good cone in your neighborhood.

Long Beach Creamery

One Long Beach local’s curiosity and knack for flavorful experimentation became an economic reality this May when Long Beach Creamery opened the doors to its first Brick & Mortar in Bixby Knolls. Ever since, entrepreneur Dina Amadril’s creamy concoctions have been flying off the shelves.

Amadril says that Long Beach Creamery will be bringing back the Churro Bowl and Hot Hot Fudge, while ice cream toppings, including candied bacon, pralined pecans, graham cracker crust and crisp pearls, will be free on National Ice Cream Day.

Don’t miss the chance this Sunday, or any day rather, to support this local small business, one of the city’s many sparkling, home-town gems. For open hours, new flavors and the most updated information, visit the Facebook page here.


Forget about celebrating ice cream for just one day, why not celebrate for the rest of the month, at least? For the rest of July, guests can upgrade their double scoop order with a free, freshly-baked waffle cone, while on July 31st in honor of National Ice Cream Month, ice cream lovers can enjoy 31 percent off all ice cream sundaes at participating Baskin-Robbins locations across Southern California.

The frozen treat tycoon will also feature a July Flavor of the Month, OREO® ‘N Cake, a decadent combination of cake-flavored ice cream and OREO® cookie pieces swirled with a chocolate cake batter flavored ribbon. And if the guilt from this indulgence leaves you feeling queasy, donate a dollar to The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation before the month ends to help support a non-profit organization

Click here for a map of Baskin-Robbins locations in Long Beach and here for more general information.

Marko’s Treats

Another local gem, the beloved mobile ice cream shop run by Marko Petkovic, juggler, teacher and entrepreneur, will be located at the free, family friendly Long Beach Love Festival all day Sunday. Stop by the Run LBC booth for a chance to support Petkovic by purchasing an ice cream bar or other novelty treat.

Marko told the Post in that he will offering, as usual, anyone a chance to earn a free fruit bar by successfully juggling three balls with 30 catches. Other specials, he says, vary by day and supply. For the most updated information about Marko’s Treats, click here.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].